Alexander Pope An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot A precocious child who ‘‘lisped in numbers for the numbers came,’’ Alexander Pope was destined to be the greatest poets of the Age of Reason for the next three generations. An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, published in January 1735 and modelled on John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe, satirised Lord Hervey and lady Mary Wortley in addition to several other critics of the poet, including Joseph Addison. It is fragmentary in origin, but Pope has succeeded in welding the fragments into a coherent whole. This critical study, originally prepared by Dr. Raghukul Tilak, has now been thoroughly edited, revised and updated by Prof. Shakti Batra.

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